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By Michael Herrick, September 19, 2016
Bernardston Veterans Monument
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Bernardston — Bernardston Veterans Monument
On Church Street (Massachusetts Route 10) at South Street (Massachusetts Route 5), on the left when traveling west on Church Street.
Dedicated To The Bernardston Men And Women Who Have Served Their Country Honorably (left panel) French and Indian Wars 1744-55 Alger, Waitstill Wells, Joshua Bolton, John Smith, Noah Chapin, Hezekiah Sheldon, Elijah . . . — Map (db m98189) WM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Bernardston — Burke Fort 1630 - 1930
On Bernardston Road (U.S. 5), on the right when traveling north. Reported missing.
Six rods easterly stood Burke Fort the first and largest, and also the first building in Fall Town. Built in 1738/39 by John Burke it was six rods square and contained eight houses. Fifty persons took shelter here during the old French and Indian . . . — Map (db m48254) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Bernardston — Connable Fort 1630 - 1930
On Brattleboro Road (U.S. 5), on the left when traveling north.
Site of the second fort and building in Fall Town, erected in 1739 by Samuel Connable. Its original timbers are still in the house on a knoll to the northwest. — Map (db m48774) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Bernardston — Deacon Ebenezer Sheldon's Fort 1630 - 1930
On Huckle Hill Road just from West Road, on the right when traveling north.
The Lieutenant's son Ebenezer, later deacon of the church and first town treasurer, built a fort ten rods east of here in 1740/41. It was unsuccessfully attacked by Indians in 1746 during King George's War. — Map (db m48777) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Bernardston — Lieut. Ebenezer Sheldon's Fort 1630 - 1930
On Northfield Road (U.S. 10), on the right when traveling west.
Built in 1740 on this site. The first Proprietor's Meeting in Fall Town was held here in 1741. The Lieutenant's son Eliakim was shot by Indians in 1747 while working west of the fort walls. — Map (db m48011) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Charlemont — Shunpike
On Mohawk Trail (Massachusetts Route 2), on the right when traveling east.
To the Thrifty Travelers of the Mohawk Trail who in 1797 here forded the Deerfield River rather than pay toll at the Turnpike Bridge and who in 1810 won the battle for free travel on all Massachusetts Roads. — Map (db m51444) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — Benjamin Barrett
On Memorial St 0.1 miles east of Old Main St, on the right when traveling west.
Benjamin Barrett -Carpenter - Born 1653 – Died 1690 Soldier with Captain Turner 1676 Settled on Plum Tree Plain Deerfield 1684 Owner of this home Lot No. 27 when he died 1690 This memorial is erected by his lineal . . . — Map (db m141120) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — Deerfield 1673 - 1973
On Main St at Old Main Street, on the left when traveling west on Main St.
Where Mohawk struck Pocumtuck pride, Sentinel stalks of Indian corn Still guard the Meadow of our world: The sad silence of grass-grown graves A frontier home on the falling ridge And a cold gray February dawn. All of America . . . — Map (db m141333) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — Deerfield Civil War Monument
On Old Main Street 0.1 miles north of Albany Road, on the left when traveling north.
In Grateful Appreciation of the Patriotism and self Sacrifice of Her Lamented Sons and Soldiers, Who for Their Country and for Freedom Laid Down Their Lives in the War of the Great Rebellion, Deerfield Erects This Monument A.D. . . . — Map (db m141862) WM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — Deerfield Massacre
On Albany Rd at Old Main Street, on the left when traveling north on Albany Rd.
Feb 29, 1703-4 The unfortified house of Benoni Stebbins standing on this lot was held by 7 men besides women and children for three hours against the assault of 200 soldiers and the wiles of 140 Indians. under a French . . . — Map (db m141156) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — Godfrey Nims
On Memorial St 0.1 miles east of Old Main St., on the right when traveling west.
Godfrey Nims Ancestor of All of the Name of Nims Settled in Deerfield 1674 Fought under Capt. Turner 1676 Bought this Home Lot 1692 His House Burned, His Wife and Seven Children Captured or Killed by Indians in 1704. This New . . . — Map (db m141115) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — Home of Joseph Stebbins
On Old Main St 0.2 miles north of Albany Rd, on the left when traveling north.
Home of Joseph Stebbins Born 1749 Died 1816 Lover of Liberty And Servant of His Country __________ Lieutenant of Minute Men Who Marched on the Lexington Alarm Captain at the Battle of Bunker Hill Fought at Stillwater . . . — Map (db m141334) HM WM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — John Stebbins Home Lot
On Old Main St 0.2 miles south of Broughtons Pond Rd, on the left when traveling south.
This Marks the Home Lot where John Stebbins Grandson of Rowland the Emigrant A Permanent Settler of 1652 Lived and Died __________ A Soldier under Capt. Lothrop The Only Man Known who Escaped Unhurt At the Bloody Brooke . . . — Map (db m141336) HM WM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — Memorial Hall
On Memorial St 0.1 miles east of Old Main St, on the right when traveling west.
Memorial Hall Built in 1798 Occupied as Deerfield Academy Until 1878 Dedicated in 1880 to the Preservation of the Record of Early Days in New England by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association This Tablet is Erected on . . . — Map (db m141125) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — Old Deerfield 1630 - 1930
On Greenfield Road (U.S. 5) north of Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
Indian land called Pocomtuck, settled by men from Dedham in 1671. Attacked by Indians, burnt, and abandoned in 1675. Reoccupied and attacked in 1704 by French and Indians, who took 47 lives, and carried off 112 captives to Canada, of whom 60 were . . . — Map (db m48012) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — Old Deerfield 1630 - 1930
On Old Main Street near Wells Street, on the left when traveling north.
Indian land called Pocomtuck, settled by men from Dedham in 1671. Attacked by Indians, burnt, and abandoned in 1675. Reoccupied and attacked in 1704 by French and Indians, who took 47 lives, and carried off 112 captives to Canada, of whom 60 were . . . — Map (db m48773) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — Old Deerfield Village
On Old Main St 0.2 miles north of Albany Rd, on the left when traveling north.
Old Deerfield Village Has been Designated A Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the . . . — Map (db m141339) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — Old Indian House
On Albany Road at Old Main Street, on the left when traveling north on Albany Road.
Site of the Old Indian House Built by Ensign John Sheldon 1698 It stood for 144 years testifying to the tragedy of Feb. 29, 1703 its stout door which kept at bay the French and Indians 13 now safe in Memorial Hall . . . — Map (db m141341) HM WM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — Rev. Samuel Mather M.A.
On Old Main St 0.1 miles south of Albany Rd, on the right when traveling north.
In Memory Of Rev. Samuel Mather. M.A. Pioneer Minister of Deerfield 1673 – 75. Who lived in a house on this site. Born at Dorchester, 1650. Graduated Harvard College 1671. Married Hannah, Daughter of Governor Robert Treat Of . . . — Map (db m141956) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — SGT. Gregory Allen Belanger
On Greenfield Rd (County Route 5) at Wrapping Rd., on the right when traveling north on Greenfield Rd.
” Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back” — Map (db m141109) WM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Deerfield — The Village of Deerfield
On Old Main St 0.3 miles north of Albany Rd, on the left when traveling north.
The Village of Deerfield is an old settlement on an ancient site. The Mile-long street before you was originally a Native path. Ancestors of the Pocumtuck, an Algonquin people, lived here in their homeland for at least 8,000 years, travelling . . . — Map (db m141346) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Erving — The View from the French King Bridge
On Mohawk Trail (Massachusetts Route 2), on the right when traveling west.
A special place designated by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs because it exemplifies the unique qualities of the Commonwealth. — Map (db m2642) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Gill — Captain William Turner
On Mohawk Trail at Riverview Drive on Mohawk Trail.
Captain William Turner with 145 men surprised and destroyed over 300 Indians encamped at this place May 19, 1676. — Map (db m65762) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Greenfield — Capt. William Turner
On Conway St., on the right when traveling south.
A military commander during King Phillip's war. Capt. Turner was killed near here in a retreat after leading a massacre of Indians fishing at the Great Falls of the Conn. River in Gill on May 19, 1676. — Map (db m51133) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Greenfield — Eunice Williams 1630 - 1930
On Eunice Williams Drive 0.5 miles from Leyden Road, on the left when traveling west.
Eunice Williams, wife of the Reverend John Williams "The Redeemed Captive," was killed at this place on March 1, 1704, during the Deerfield massacre. — Map (db m29069) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Greenfield — Factory Hollow
On Mohawk Trail just west of Factory Hollow Road.
An original industrial area of Greenfield and site of mills from 1784. In four story granite factory buildings built in 1830 woolens were made for union army during Civil War. Operations ceased in 1872 and factory burned in 1933. The bell tower . . . — Map (db m65769) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Greenfield — Leavitt-Hovey House 1797
On Main St. (Massachusetts Route 2A) 0.1 miles east of US5 & Hwy 2A, on the right when traveling west.
Attributed to Greenfield resident Asher Benjamin who here, in 1797 published first American architectural book, adapting English Georgian architecture to American styles and craftsmen. Became Greenfield Public Library in 1909. — Map (db m59929) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Greenfield — Town of Greenfield
On Main St. (Massachusetts Route 2A) at US5 & Hwy 2A, on the right when traveling east on Main St..
Settled 1686 by Deerfield residents, incorporated 1753 & made county seat 1811. A major industrial & commercial center at crossroads of major North/South & East/West transportation routes. Home of first American cutlery factory & world's largest tap . . . — Map (db m59927) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Hawley — First Church of Hawley
On East Hawley Road, on the right when traveling north.
Site of the First Church of Hawley Erected 1793 Reverend Jonathan Grout 1st Pastor This memorial placed by the sons and daughters of Hawley August 10, 1935 — Map (db m25876) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Northfield — Captain Richard Beers 1630 - 1930
On Miller Falls Road (Massachusetts Route 63) just from S. Mountain Road, on the right when traveling north.
Grave of Captain Richard Beers, killed by Indians on September 4, 1675. His monument is on the mountain-side above. — Map (db m48779) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Northfield — First Settlement 1630 - 1930
On Main Street (U.S. 10) just from Maple Street, on the left when traveling north.
Here, enclosed by a stockade, the first settlement was made in 1673. Nine rods to the westward a fort was built in 1685 and eight rods southeast stood the Indians' Council Rock. — Map (db m48015) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Northfield — Indian Council Fires 1630 - 1930
On Millers Falls Road (Massachusetts Route 63) just from Homer Road, on the right when traveling north.
Two hundred and fifty yards eastward are the sites of three large Indian council fires. The Beers Massacre of September 4, 1675, took place in a gorge one-quarter mile to the northeast. — Map (db m48780) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Northfield — King Philip's Hill 1630 - 1930 Sachem of the Wampanoag —
On Old Bernardston Road, on the left when traveling east.
Philip, second son and successor of Massasoit, Sachem of the Wampanoag, camped on this hill during the winter of 1675-6. The stump of a large look-out tree together with defence trenches are to be seen on top. — Map (db m48778) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Northfield — Nathanial Dickinson House 1630 - 1930
Near U.S. 10. Reported missing.
Nathaniel Dickinson lived here nineteen years in a fortified house but was scalped and killed by the Indians on April 15, 1747, at Pachaug Hill. — Map (db m42634) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Orange — Orange Town Pound Built Mid 1700s
On Wheeler Avenue at E Road, on the right when traveling north on Wheeler Avenue.
Used to hold stray farm animals until claimed by their owners. A fee was paid for their release. Most colonial towns had a pound; this is one of very few still standing. — Map (db m73551) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Shelburne Falls — First Permanent Settlement in Shelburne
On South Maple St., on the right when traveling north.
Site of First Permanent Settlement in Shelburne, Mass. 1760 Martin Severance 1718 - 1810 Scout in French and Indian Wars Scout with Rogers Rangers Revolutionary soldier Marked by Dorothy Quincy Hancock Chapter, Daughters of the American . . . — Map (db m59639) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), South Deerfield — Bloody Brook Monument
On North Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
Erected August 1838 — On this Ground Capt. Thomas Lathrop and eighty four men under his command, including eighteen teamsters from Deer field, conveying stores from that town to Hadley, were ambuscaded by about 700 . . . — Map (db m37542) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), South Deerfield — Bloody Brook Stone Slab
On North Main Street, on the right when traveling north.
Grave of Capt. Lathrop and Men Slain by the Indians 1675 — Map (db m37546) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Turner Falls — Nature's Puzzle Saving all the pieces
On Avenue A at 1st Street on Avenue A.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find that it is latched to everything else in the Universe.” John Muir Biological diversity, or biodiversity, makes life on Earth possible. The soil where our food grows, the air we . . . — Map (db m65767) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Turner Falls — Songbirds Neotropical Migrants
On Avenue A at 1st Street on Avenue A.
“Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are now strangely silent, where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song” Silent . . . — Map (db m65766) HM
Massachusetts (Franklin County), Turner Falls — Waterfowl Migration
On Avenue A at 1st Street on Avenue A.
Following an instinct many thousands of years old, millions of ducks and geese fly south every autumn. Waterfowl finds overwintering habitat in the southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. As spring arrives, the birds return to . . . — Map (db m65764) HM

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